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Dumbfounded By Digital Marketing? These 2 Simple SEO Tips Can Be Done Today to Improve Your Rankings

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Small businesses trying to bring in new leads or customers may be mystified by the complexities of digital marketing. We get it; search engine optimization (SEO) can seem like a tall order, especially with Google constantly changing their algorithm. This article will outline two very important strategies to kick your SEO into gear, ultimately allowing you to rise in the Google rankings, boost your website traffic, and convert site visitors into new customers. 

Boost Your Blog With Quality (Long-Form) Content

Perhaps you already have a content marketing strategy in place — you update your blog regularly, but you’re still not seeing significant results. This is quite common among small business owners who simply haven’t had the time to dedicate to the outstanding quality content Google expects in 2019. In the past, a 300-word blog post on a basic topic was sufficient to rank on those important keywords that draw in hot leads. Today, that is not the case. Over 2 million blog posts are published on the internet each day, so the competition is fierce. Your blog post needs to stand out, and the best way to do that is to make sure your content is in line with your ideal customer’s needs. 

Here, we’re talking about searcher intent. Google’s main goal is to provide searchers with helpful information and clear, straightforward answers to their questions. If you can identify what your ideal customer’s pain points are, and you can solve their problems with actionable advice in a blog post, Google will be more inclined to move your content to the top of the search results. 

So that’s our first tip: Get to you know your ideal customer. Identify their problems and anticipate their questions. Answer those questions in excruciating detail in a blog post.

Of course, to provide the best information on any given topic, you need to write more than 300 words. Studies show that a typical piece of content that ranks on page one of Google’s search results contains over 1,500 words. Google rewards longer content, which is ironic since most website visitors have a very short attention span and will not be likely to sit through 1,500 words. That’s where visual enhancement comes in. Graphics should be used to break up a long piece of content. Not only does this keep users engaged, but it increases their time on page, which is another ranking factor Google is suspected of using. 

Writing long-form, in-depth content that is well-researched and highly relevant to your ideal customer also positions you as an expert in your field. When Google users feel they can trust you, they are likely to come back next time they have a question. They are more likely to become customers. And, perhaps, they will be more likely to share your content, which brings us to our next piece of advice: build links and promote your content.

Build Backlinks to Every Blog Post

A link acts as a vote for your website. But as in any sort of election, votes don’t just magically appear; you have to campaign for them. That’s why the dissemination and promotion of your content is key.

Email outreach remains one of the most effective methods of link-building. It may seem outdated, but we assure you it’s not. After all, how many times a day do you check your own email inbox? Do you have alerts set up on your mobile device to let you know when you’ve received an email? Email is as pervasive as ever, and we encourage you to use this technology to your advantage. 

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The first step is to curate a list of opted-in email addresses — people who welcome your content. One great way to add to your list is to set up an email capture pop-up on your website. This pop-up will offer a promotion of some sort, promising those who enter their email address something in return — a free sample of your product, a whitepaper, or a coupon. Users who opt in are freely giving their contact information, so they are the best audience to share your newly published content with. And if they really like your content, they will share with their own network by linking to it on their own websites. 

Another way to build backlinks is to offer guest posts to websites in your industry. Contact site owners whose audiences share interests with your own, share your blog content with them, and offer to write a guest post for their site. Most site owners will give you a do-follow link back to your blog post in that guest post as long as the content is well-written, heavily researched, and extremely helpful for their readers. 

The reality is that with so much web content being created each day, backlinks are the differentiating factor in the Google algorithm. In the past, a site with tons of great backlinks pointing to the home page was good enough to increase the site’s domain rating or authority. These days, each page on a site needs to have high authority, which often comes from those “votes” cast by other high authority websites. In other words, if you want your blog post to reach the first page of Google’s search results, that post needs to have backlinks. 

Unfortunately, not all links are created equal. Google considers two main factors when determining the quality of a backlink: authority and relevance.

  • Authority: What is the domain authority and/or page authority of the site linking to you? Greater authority = a stronger vote.
  • Relevance: Is the site linking to you in the same general field as your site? Does it make sense for this site to send users to your website?

Another important factor to consider when assessing the strength of a backlink is the anchor text. Anchor text is the visible words users click on to go to a linked page. This text is usually blue and underlined. Google reads the anchor text to get a sense of what the page being linked to is about. It’s a good practice to sometimes use your targeted keywords as anchor text for links to your site, but not always. Too many links with keywords as anchor text send up a red flag to Google, who does not like to be manipulated in that way. So use keywords as anchor text in moderation.

If you’re a small business owner, finding the time to create long-form content and then promote that content may seem impossible. That’s why we recommend hiring an SEO firm to do the heavy lifting for you. Oftentimes, these digital marketing experts will outsource to the best white label SEO program companies, who have just the right resources to keep these strategies going month after month, like a network of websites they post on to build backlinks efficiently. After all, search engine optimization is not a one-time activity. It’s a process that takes time to build up. But once it does, the results will amaze you. 


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 picks up stable Android 10

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the latest Samsung smartphone series to get an upgrade to stable Android 10.

The devices, which have been in the company’s Android 10 beta programme since late October, will be receiving the update over the course of the next few years.

Users of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in Germany who had enrolled in the beta are receiving the update.

Samsung had released 5 builds of the beta software for the Galaxy Note 10 series.

The Galaxy Note 10 series becomes the second smartphone lineup, after the flagship Galaxy S10 family, to receive Android 10.

Initially, it had been estimated that the Galaxy Note 10 series would get its Android 10 update in the new year with the Galaxy S10 receiving it days before the end of the year. In all accounts, the Korean giant has come out ahead perhaps signalling a change in the approach towards updates.

Still, given the dynamics involved in the update process, most users are likely to get the update in the new year.

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Samsung’s Android 10 update brings with it an updated version of its custom user experience interface, One UI 2.0. One UI 2.0 features several new features that build on what the brand started with the first generation of the software as well as all the key changes that Google brought to Android with version 10.

The update also arrives with the latest December security patch.

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Google Rolls Out Chrome 79 With Better Password Protections

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Google has rolled out Chrome version 79. The browser extension will alert users on leaked passwords.

The move is important because cyber-attacks are on the rise. The new chrome with better password protection will ensure a streamlined flow or work.

In 2018, the worldwide spending on Cybersecurity approximated to $114 billion an increase of 12.4 per cent from 2017 according to Cybersecurity Ventures market Report 2019.

However, the figures are gradually growing with businesses as the biggest targets of spending on Cybersecurity.

For instance, The largest cybersecurity budgets belong to Fortune 500 corporations, with financial institutions seemingly having the deepest pockets. In a 2018 letter to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co shareholders, The company roughly spends $600 million each year on cybersecurity up from a projected $500 million in 2016,

Companies will cut on password protection expenditures with Chrome enabled the extension.

Previously, Chrome has been warning about reused passwords once you check in on two separate browsers. The company is now rolling out away chrome can provide warnings as you log in on sites of the web.

From now on, Chrome will send notifications to users on leaked passwords and let them change to secure ones.

It will enable you to control the functionality in the sync settings in chrome and sent you warnings when your password is stolen.

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Google now uses strongly hashed and encrypted copies of passwords to match them using layers of encryption.

Once you sign into a website, Chrome will send a hashed copy of your username and password.  Google will then encrypt with a secret key only known to chrome.

Google will then turn your password into a hash. A chrome algorithm that turns it into a collection of letters or numbers.

According to Forbes, The hash numbers look like for instance, 855c3497ef6299c66733. If the same password has existed in Google’s strove of previously stolen passcodes,  it will be easier for them to note a stolen password.

Chrome 79 now allows you to download a password manager. This will help you create unique passwords for each site you visit.

Alongside password warnings, Google is improving its phishing protection with a real-time option.

Until now, the company has been using a list of phishing sites that updates every 30 minutes but still, fraudsters have been quickly switching domains or hiding from Google’s crawlers.

the new and improved real-time protection will generate warnings for 30 per cent more cases of phishing.

Another thing is Chrome’s multiple profiles support. for people who use multiple profiles in Chrome or share  PC’s with others, Chrome is now equipped with a better visual indicator of what profile is currently being used to ensure the right password and profile is used.


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OnePlus 8 Lite Leaked,The Phone Might Retail Mid Range Market Prices

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OnePlus 8 Lite has been leaked, set for release in the first phase of 2020. The phone will retail at Ksh36,000 only.

The smartphone producer first launched OnePlus One in India for Rs 21,999 as the company’s first flagship phone about six years ago.

The company is a flagship Android smartphone maker and has launched a series of affordable mid-range flagships in the market.

After failing on the OnePlus X the company has since then moved to produce premium devices.

However, as 2020 approaches. There is a number of speculations that the OnePlus is working on a mid-range, the first after OnePlus X. Name not disclosed yet but sources suggest the phone might probably be a OnePlus 8 lite.

In the lineup list, OnePlus 8 pro might as well debut in late 2020 with a possible launch by October.

As revealed by 91 mobiles, the phone has a likely flat display with a centred punch-hole cutout. Also, the device has a rectangular rear camera module that would comprise of two possible cameras and a few sensors.

The OnePlus 8 lite might have a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Galaxy S11 as well as the Galaxy A91 models.

According to OneLeaks, the phone is possibly between 6.4 or 6.5 inches approximately 159.2 by 74 by 8.6mm.

The reveals show a type C port on the bottom frame, an alert slider on the side with no presence of the headphone jack.

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Additionally, the phone might have an LED flash and a foreseeable time of flight (ToF) sensor.

Renders according to 91 Mobiles,  reveal that the OnePlus 8 Lite device has an in-display fingerprint sensor which means it also has an OLED display.

Definitely, fewer buyers are interested in such flagship devices.  OnePlus 8 Lite might be one value for your money device.

This device, at just Ksh36,000, will offer top-notch features like the high-end market sellers like Samsung and Huawei who are at least double the price if not more.

With an OLED display projected. The phone might offer a 90HZ refresh rate as the as on the One plus 7T and OnPlus 7T pro premium models which are expensive.

There’s a fairly a good number of phones with of 90Hz or 120Hz display smartphones. The 90Hz or 120Hz technologies are the refresh rates at which the image redraws on the screen.

Displays with a 90Hz refresh rate render images 90 times per second. The 120Hz refresh rate will display images at 120 times per second. If truly the OnePlus offers a 90HZ refresh rate then the will be highly sellable.

Other phones in the market with the 90HZ refresh rate that might compete with the OnePlus comprise of: the Xaimi RealMe X2 Pro and OnePlus 7T series. Other phones include Nubia Red magic 3S and Oppo Reno ACE.


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